Forest W. ‘Bud’ Randolph Jr.
Forest Wayman “Bud” Randolph Jr., 90, of Salem, and first born of F.W. Randolph Sr. and Ireta Ruth Queen Randolph. passed away on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018. at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital.
He was born July 2, 1928, in Clarksburg.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ernestine C Plaugher, who passed away July 18, 2003.
He is survived by his current wife, Maxine Criss Randolph; sons of his first marriage, Dalyn L. Currey and wife, Beth, of Mickleton, New Jersey, and Neil E Randolph and wife, Martha, of New Manchester; stepsons, Robert Criss and wife, Debbie, of Good Hope, Randy Criss and wife, Lisa, of Marshville, Tim Criss and wife, Linda, of Clarksburg and Darren Criss and wife, Cindy, of Bridgeport; three grandchildren, Gregory Higgins and wife, Kelly, of Washington, D.C., Stuart Currey of Hong Kong, China, and Jaclyn Randolph of Alexandria, Virginia; 11 stepgrandchildren, 13 stepgreat-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild; and two sisters, Ruth E Randolph and Mary Etta Randolph of Salem.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, John H. Randolph.
He was a graduate of Bristol High School, class of 1947. Bud was employed by the C&P Telephone Co. from 1952, retiring in October of 1984. He was a highly skilled key and PBX specialist. In 1974, Bud was employed by the Upshur County Commission to be emergency services coordinator a part-time job he held until 1985. A Korean War veteran, Bud was a supply sergeant with the 1092 Engineer Battalion during their deployment. He was also on active duty during the Berlin Crisis. During his 37 years of Army service, Mr. Randolph was a member of the West Virginia State Guard, West Virginia National Guard, 2093 Army Reserve School and the USAR Control Group Reinforced. He retired on July 1, 1988 with the rank of command sergeant major (E-9), the highest non-commissioned rank attainable in the United States Army. F.W., or Bud as he was largely known by, was an avid hunter. He supplied many a wild turkey for the family Thanksgiving dinner and loved being in the woods on a warm October day.
Family will receive friends at Greathouse Funeral Home, 1999 W. Main St., Salem today from 5-8 p.m. Funeral service will be held at Greathouse Funeral Home on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dan Cope officiating. Interment will follow at Marshville Cemetery. Military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army Reserve of Camp Dawson.
Online condolences may be sent to GreathouseFuneralHomeWV.com. Greathouse Funeral Home is honored to assist the Randolph family.